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Sahara KN1 laptop

I hope you can help or steer in the right direction to solve my problem. I have a Sahara laptop, which is a South African company name, I have found out that essentially it is a Quanta model. Checked for a site with not much luck to look for new drives. What my problem is, is the hdd. I originally had a 40GB Hitachi hdd in. That ones circut board failed and had to the replace the hdd though there are no longer any of these around due to age and so got a 80gb Western Digital, now it no longer finds the optical drive. Any ideas and seggestions very welcome. Brendan

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  • bcc1007 Feb 23, 2008

    Hi clusterfx

    Thanks for speedy reply. Well a little more info, there previouosly was, when I originally bought the laptop, a 80gb hdd in it. This one crashed and at the time the supplier Sahara was unable to provide another 80gb hdd. They replaced with a 40gb and credited me the diff big deal in my book but at least I was up and running again. I has found out a litte about this situation and it seems like some bios problem some where in the road that it will only recognis certain hdd's none of which I can get hold of. If you can help me to determine the motheboard make and or bios place that I can try bios updates please let me know or any other data from the laptop that might help you to figure out. Thanx a mill

  • bcc1007 Feb 23, 2008

    No jumpers on the hdd previous or new? Tried bios finder but came up with a wierd error message saying it could not work on windows nt 5??

    Any other options?

  • bcc1007 Feb 24, 2008

    When I remove the hdd the optical drive shows up in the set up and seems to be working as it will boot from the xp boot cd. I did notice while pulling out and restarting that the hddis using IDE 0 and the optical IDE1, don't know if that means much as they are sharing the same ide. Tried jumper setting to make hdd slave this stopped both being detected. Anything else I think it might have something to do with motherboard and bios. Motherboard I don't know but bios is version Q3B71? Thanx for all the help

  • bcc1007 Feb 24, 2008

    Unable to manipulate in the setup bios, it shows one or the other, can not disable the one and load another manually, have checked all pins all fantastic and straight as an arrow.

  • gdscall Sep 05, 2008

    We have the same problem we want to put a 80gb hd and all my programs work but my DVD drive is not seen in the bios or on my computer. What can we do?

  • nazeem551 Oct 07, 2008

    I have a Sahara KN1 laptop and the Hitachi 40gig IDE HDD failed. I am unable to find the same HDD and am looking to fit a different one (preferably bigger). I have fitted a other 40 gig HDD, but now the CD ROM does not work. Is there a solution to this or will only the original make and model work?

  • ezeuba Dec 25, 2008

    I have almost the same issue. I bought a western digital 120gb hdd and it does not work. In my case the dvd drive is seen only when the hdd is out, and vice versa. I would appreciate any help to solve this problem.



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The problem with these laptops is that they are very picky about what hard drives they like. If you are looking for a Bios upgrade, try I have a seagate ST9100823A (100Gb) and it works fine. I have tried a WD3200BEVE (320Gb) and it works in one machine but not both. The Seagate works in both of my machines.

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The ram will probably be no problem, the hard drive you will need to get a list of specific hard drives that will work in this machine. Processor I am sure will be able to be done as the unit I am using is centrino 2ghz. But be warned if you purchase just any hard drive you will more than likely need to purchase an external CD rom drive as was my only option I ended up doing to be able to continue using it

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    Lee Durbin Apr 19, 2011

    Remove the the optical drive then install the hard drive then put the optical back in.Turn it off and on after each one is connected.The bios will assign resources separately resulting in no hardware conflicts.


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I have a sahara KN1 laptop for the past 2 years but experience no problem.I want to upgrade it from 40GB to 100GB, 256MB to1024MB and processor from 1,70GHz to 2.00GHZ. Will any upgrade work on it, or do you need specific accesssories, and what will be the negative and positive out come of the upgrade.

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Tjombe from Namibia

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Older motherboards like the one in your laptop may have a size limit on the hard drive. Maybe there is a bios update for the laptop to fix this issue. you will find that at the manufacturers website under downloads/support.

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    clusterfx Feb 23, 2008

    so your hard drive works but your optical drive doesn't?

    if this is the case, there are jumpers on the hard drive that tell it whether it is master or slave or cable select. you should set the hard drive to master or cable select.

    hope this works.

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    clusterfx Feb 23, 2008

    does the optical drive work when you remove the hard drive?

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    clusterfx Feb 24, 2008

    check the hard drive pins..make sure none are bent or broken

    disable the cdrom in the bios and see if your hard drive works

    go into the bios and manually put the specs of the hard drive - they can be found on the hard drive.


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